As dusk settled on Lafayette Park last Sunday, after the successful “encirclement” of the White House, Bill McKibben was at the mic, wrapping up last Sunday’s inspiring “encirclement” of the White House – a “hug” for the President, urging him to reject the Keystone pipeline. His voice was full of grateful pride.
Just as he was wrapping up, he was interrupted by a message: the President’s motorcade was passing the north side of the park. Thousands still remaining in the park turned away from the stage and ran north toward the motorcade, shouting “Yes we can….Stop the Pipeline.” Read more
In an economic downturn, a community-based effort is helping create local jobs for contractors and improving energy-efficiency of local homes. Watch the story of how in just one year, RePower has created 28 contractor jobs in Kitsap County — 43 percent of the goal.
RePowering Our Workforce
In the September 15 issue of The Atlantic magazine, Brookings expert Bruce Katz called out a “metropolitan moment,” in which municipal and regional leaders are “adapting the discipline of private sector business planning…to the task of revitalizing and restructuring metropolitan economies.”
Of late, a rising set of rational Republican voices can be heard affirming the assessment of 95 percent of the scientific community that the earth is warming at an alarming rate due to burning fossil fuels.
How citizens on Bainbridge Island came together and created an option to change behavior through energy use, move closer to carbon neutrality and become a model for other communities.
"We’ve seen a 50 percent decrease in our heating costs and our overall energy costs are down approximately 35 percent.” - Matt Olson, Bainbridge Island homeowner and RePower Bainbridge participant Read more
In Spokane, a public performing arts center held great potential for energy efficiency upgrades given its age. Watch how improving the efficiency of the facility reduced the amount of electricity and natural gas used, thus helping to offset rising energy prices.